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Routledge International Companion to Education by Bob Moon, Sally Brown, Miriam Ben-Peretz

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EXPLORING THEORY AND PRACTICE IN MORAL EDUCATION

David Carr

 

 

 

 

ETHICS AND MORAL DEVELOPMENT

Human interest in moral education probably has its source in a general concern with inducting the young into socially acceptable forms of conduct, which is as old as recorded history. But, of course, whilst any such process is ostensibly a practical matter, the smallest reflection upon it must give rise to awkward theoretical questions. How, for example, do we determine the extent of what is socially acceptable; must all agree, must most agree, must none disagree? Moreover, if all do not agree, what room is there for legitimate dissent from the majority view? More seriously, might not reflective dissent open the possibility that social consensus ...

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